Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1985
    Studied political science, America studies and German philology at the University of Mannheim, Germany

  • 1986 – 1990
    Research associate under the Chair for political science and international comparative social research, University of Mannheim

  • 1991
    Doctorate at the University of Mannheim

  • 1991 – 1992
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA

  • 1992 – 1994
    Research associate in the School for Social Sciences, University of Mannheim

  • 1994 – 2001
    Research associate at the Science Centre Berlin for Social Research (WZB) in the section "The public sphere and social movements"

  • 1997
    Employed at the Joan Shorenstein Centre on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MA, USA

  • 2001 – 2008
    Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Policy, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 2006 – 2007
    Visiting researcher at the Minda de Gunzberg Centre for European Studies, Harvard University, MA, USA

  • Since 2008
    Professor in the Department of Communication Theory, Media Effects and Media Use, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

Selected publications

  • Pfetsch, B., Marcinkowski, F.: Politik in der Mediendemokratie. In: PVS-Sonderheft 42, 2009. Wiesbaden, 2009.

  • Pfetsch, B., Adam, S.: Massenmedien als politische Akteure. Konzepte und Analysen. Wiesbaden, 2008.

  • Pfetsch, B., Eilders, C., Neidhardt, F.: Die Stimme der Medien: Pressekommentare und politische Öffentlichkeit in der Bundesrepublik. Wiesbaden, 2004.

  • Pfetsch, B.: Politische Kommunikationskultur. Politische Sprecher und Journalisten in der Bundesrepublik und den USA im Vergleich. Wiesbaden, 2003.

  • Pfetsch, B., Esser, F.: Comparing Political Communication. Theories, Cases, and Challenges. New York, 2004.

  • Pfetsch, B., Esser, F.: Conceptual Challenges to the Paradigms of Comparative Media Systems in a Globalized World. In: Journal of Global Mass Communication 1(3/4), 2008. pp. 118-131.

  • Pfetsch, B.: Agents of Transnational Debate across Europe. The Press in Emerging European Public Sphere. In: Javnost – The Public 15(4), 2008. pp. 21-40.

  • Pfetsch, B., Koopmans, R.: Obstacles or motors of Europeanization? German media and the transnationalization of public debate. In: Communications 31, 2006. pp. 115-138.

  • Pfetsch, B.: Symbolische Geräusche über die Anderen – Die Öffentlichkeit über Medienpolitik in Pressekommentaren. In: Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft 2/2003. pp. 232-249.

  • Pfetsch, B.: Political Communication Culture in the United States and Germany. In: The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 6(1), 2001. pp. 46-67.

  • Pfetsch, B.: Political Communication System. In: International Encyclopedia of Communications, ed. Wolfgang Donsbach, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2008. pp. 3687-3690.

  • Pfetsch, B.: Political Communication Culture. In: International Encyclopedia of Communications, ed. Wolfgang Donsbach, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2008. pp. 3683-3686.

Selected projects

  • Political communication culture in France from a comparative perspective, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2008

  • Political Communication Culture in Western Europe – A Comparative Study, funded by the DFG within the framework of the Euroscope Programme of the European Science Foundation 06_ECRP_FP026, 2007 – 2008

  • Political Communication in New Democracies: Government–Media Relationships in Transition, The Case of Poland, British Academy Ref. RGCOMM472406, 2007 – 2008

  • The Transformation of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres, EU Commission, Fifth Framework Programme, Key Action Socioeconomic Research, 2001 – 2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)

  • Member of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik and Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK – German Society for Journalism and Communication Science)

  • Member of the German Association of Political Sciences (DVPW)

  • Co-editor of the series Politische Kommunikation and demokratische Öffentlichkeit (Political Communication and the Democratic Public Sphere), published by Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, Germany, 2010

  • Academic advisory board of the Hans Bredow Institute of Broadcasting and Television, since 2009

  • Member of the editorial committee of the Central European Journal of Communication, official journal of the Polish Communication Association, since 2008

  • Member of the executive committee of the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies (KFG) "The Transformative Power of Europe" at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, since 2008

  • Spokesperson of review board 111 "Social sciences" of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008

  • Member of the editorial committee of the international journal Journal of Global Mass Communication, since 2007

  • Member of the advisory board of Global Media Journal, Polish Edition, since 2006

  • Member of the advisory board to the Institute of Media and Communications Policy (IfM), Berlin, since 2006

  • Senate of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, re-elected 2007, since 2005

  • Review board 111 "Social sciences" of the German Research Foundation (DFG), re-elected 2007, since 2004

  • Scientific advisory board to the German Federal Agency for Civic Education; appointed to a second term 2008; since 2004

  • Joint publication committees of the International Communication Association (ICA), 2003 – 2011

  • Director of research committee 22 "Political Communication" of the International Political Science Association, 2003 – 2006

  • Spokesperson of the DVPW to the joint working group "Politics and Communication" of the DGPuK and DVPW, 2000 – 2006

  • Member of the Global Connections Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA), 1999 – 2001

  • Member of the editorial advisory board of the book series Communication, Society, and Politics, Cambridge University Press, since 1998

  • Editorial board of the journal Political Communication, 1998 – 2001

  • Co-director and member of the board of the research committee "Political Communication" of the International Political Science Association, 1997 – 2003

  • Scientific advisory board of the project "Labour union communication. Self-portrayal and perception of others in the labour unions", Hans Böckler Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1995 – 1997


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